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After an illness of three weeks Miss 
Lochie Rankin passed away in a sana- 
torium in Nashville, Tenn. She who had 
braved dangers and hardships, and en- 
dured "the strain of toil and fret of care" 

The first messenger of the Woman's For- 
eign Missionary Society, M. E. Church, 
South, to carry the glad tidings across 
the seas. 

for fifty years on the foreign field, found 
a quiet haven at evening time where lov- 
ing hands and tender hearts ministered 
to her every need. 

The end came without apparent suffer- 
ing, for she gently fell asleep in perfect 

At a time when woman's work for wo- 
man was foreign in every sense of the 
word and our great church leaders 

A letter from Mrs. B. W. Lipscomb 

"Her funeral service, which was held 
in Wightman Chapel, was conducted by 
Dr. Cram, assisted by Bishop DuBose. 
Mrs. Perry as vice president of the Coun- 
cil paid a loving tribute for the women 
of the church. The burial was in Wood- 
lawn cemetery in a beautiful new plot 
purchased by the board of missions. The 
missionary women of Nashville express- 
ed their tribute of love by floral offer- 
ings and their presence at her funeral. 
We wished that you and every mission- 
ary woman might have been in the com- 
pany that paid her honor. 

It seems a happy providence that 
brought Miss Rankin back after 49 years 
in China to the city of her birth for these 
two happy years in the Scarritt family 
and that we of the official body, to whom 
she was a pleasure and a blessing, could 
minister to her. And wasn't it appropri- 
ate that she, our first missionary, was 
the first one buried from Wightman 

There will be appropriate tributes in 
the Voice at the earliest possible date, 
but we felt you would like to know these 
details of her going at once. It would 
be appropriate if you could pass the mes- 
sage through your conference and get 
every auxiliary at its first meeting after 
receiving this information to pay the 
tribute of a few moments of silence and 
a prayer of thanksgiving for her life and 

The concluding words of the scripture 
readings in the ritual never seemed so 
full of meaning: "Establish thou the 
work of our hands," and "Be ye stead- 
fast, unmovable, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord." 


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"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth 
year, and proclaim liberty through- 
out all the land unto all the inhabit- 
ants thereof ; it shall be jubilee unto 
you" — Leviticus 25:10. 

Miss Lochie Rankin, Missionary to 
China, 1879-1928 


, President-Emeritus 

For thirty-six years President of the Western North Carolina 
Conference Woman's Missionary Society 





Compiled and Written 


Mrs. W. R. Harris 

Published by 

Woman's Missionary Society, Western North 
Carolina Coneerence 


To Our Pioneers 

who laid the foundations of the missionary structure upon 
which we have builded during the past fifty years and upon 
which we will continue to build. 

We are greatly indebted to the District Historians, 
Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Mrs. G. W. Whitsett, Mrs. W. P. 
Wheeler, Mrs. W. P. Horton, Mrs. A. R. Lazenby, Mrs. 
H. A. Sigmon, Mrs. H. D. Secrest and Miss Bertha Lee, 
also Mrs. Mattie H. Stewart, of Charlotte, and Mrs. J. Le- 
Grande Everett, of Rockingham, for the invaluable service 
they have rendered in the collection of missionary data for 
our history. 

By /I BS 


This little volume has been printed with the hope that 
we Missionary women may have a fuller knowledge and 
greater appreciation of our rich inheritance. 

Fifty years have passed since the women of Southern 
Methodism were given the authority by the General Con- 
ference to organize the Woman's Missionary Society 
throughout the bounds of the Church. The women of what 
is now the Western North Carolina Conference were among 
the very first to take advantage of this legislation. The 
record they have made since then has been so noteworthy 
that we are glad to pay tribute to the Societies and Women 
who have had a part in it. Not only is this true, but the 
reading of the story of their achievements will bring inspir- 
ation to us, and will help us to do the work of today as they 
did the work of yesterday. 

This little record contains the names of many whose 
memory we would not willingly let die. May their mantle 
fall on us! 

I think we were extremely fortunate in securing the 
services of Mrs. W. R. Harris as Historian, and I want to 
take this occasion in the name of the Conference to thank 
her for the faithful way in which she has done the work. 

Mrs. C. C. Weaver. 



Chapter I — Our Beginning 7 

Chapter II — Organization of Foreign Missionary 

Society 11 

Chapter III — Home Mission Society 16 

Chapter IV — The Union in 1912 at Gastonia 20 

Chapter V — Pioneer Missionary Societies 22 

Chapter VI — Pioneer Conference Officers 30 

Chapter VII — Juniors and Young People 44 

Chapter VIII — Our Missionaries 50 

Chapter IX- — Brevard Institute 55 

Chapter X — Belle Bennett Memorial 57 

Officers 59 

Board Meetings 63 


Our Beginning 

"The law of Missions is the law of love, justice, 
conquest and expansion. The history of Missions 
is the history of miracles, heroism, prayer, auda- 
city, sublime faith and wonderful devotion." 

— Dr. Philip Gone Fletcher. 

Great interest always centers around the beginnings of 
movements, institutions and organizations that prove useful 
or successful, so we feel that a little reminiscing in regard 
to the early days of the Woman's Foreign and Home Mis- 
sion Societies, which have, in later years, almost lost their 
original identity in the Woman's Missionary Society, will 
not be amiss. 

Many of us know how our missionary work began. 
We know how those consecrated women, of deep piety and 
undaunted faith, and with a far-seeing vision, realized that 
the women of Southern Methodism should be enlisted in 
the missionary work, not only that they might be of valiant 
service to the Church, but that they might get the inspiration 
and blessing that would come through a definite work. 

We know, how at the General Conference in 1874 those 
earnest women presented a Memorial asking for authority 
to organize a Woman's Department of Missions — -a request 
which was referred to a Committee and never heard from 
again. With confident faith and with a courage that did 
not falter, the second Memorial found its way to the next 
General Conference at its session in Atlanta in 1878. This 
Memorial was also referred to a Committee, which after 
eight days brought in a favorable report which was adopted 
by the Conference. 

The following day, May 23rd, 1878, in the First 
Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga., the first meeting of the 
Woman's Missionary Society was held with fifty-four names 
registered as charter members (Mrs. N. H. D. Wilson of 
N. C. Conference was one of the members enrolled). 


Plans were made which provided for a General Execu- 
tive Association, Conference and Auxiliary Societies. The 
officers and twenty-three women as Managers were named 
by the Bishops: President, Mrs. Juliana Hayes, of Balti- 
more, Md.; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. D. H. Mc- 
Gavock, Nashville, Tenn.; Treasurer, Mrs. James Whit- 
worth, Nashville, Tenn. The Vice-Presidents, eight in 
number, w T ere the wives of the eight Bishops. (Of that 
number only Mrs. M. D. Wightman, of South Carolina, 
served as President, succeeding Mrs. Hayes.) 

Previous to this authorization, in various sections of 
Southern Methodism, through letters from Mrs. J. W. 
Lambuth, missionary to China, the hearts of the women had 
been stirred with a desire to make contributions in service 
and gifts for the spread of the Gospel, and groups of women 
had been formed in a number of churches, but working 
apart with no definite plans. These groups, twenty-four in 
number, formed the nucleus for the beginning of the legally 
constituted organization. 

Those were the beginning days with hard and difficult 
problems to be met, prejudice and opposition to be overcome, 
new trails to be blazed and much creative work to be done, 
but with the same courage, and by the same heroic effort 
that had secured the authorization, the movement went for- 
ward, the women believing that God had called them to a 
special work and that He would open the way for them. 

Within seven months after the General Conference 
meeting in Atlanta, the North Carolina Conference 
Woman's Missionary Society, and the Holston Conference 
Woman's Missionary Society (of which the W. N. C. Con- 
ference was then a part ) were organized. On October 23rd, 
1878, the Holston Conference Society was organized, and 
though we have been unable to get only the most meager 
details, we find that Mrs. J. E. Ray, of Asheville, was 
chosen Vice-President, and Mrs. F. A. Butler, whose ad- 
dress was also given as Asheville, was elected Correspond- 
ing Secretary. And four auxiliaries, now in the W. N. C. 
Conference, were enrolled at this meeting. These were 
Franklin, Asheville, Hendersonville and Waynesville, 

totaling a membership of 109, with contributions less than 

In the closing days of November, 1878, the North 
Carolina Conference held its annual session in Charlotte, 
N. C. Many of the leading women of the State were in 
attendance and being desirous of becoming a part of the 
Woman's Missionary work, conferred with Dr. A. W. 
Wilson, at that time Missionary Secretary, later Bishop, 
and asked him to organize them, a request which he gladly 
granted on December 1st, 1878. 

The meeting was presided over by Mrs. N. H. D. 
Wilson, temporary Chairman and Mrs. F. D. Swindell 
acted as Recording Secretary. The following officers were 
elected: President, Mrs. N. H. D. Wilson, of Greensboro, 
N. C; Vice-President, Mrs. J. A. Cunninggim, Wilson, 
N. C. ; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, 
Greensboro, N. C. ; Recording Secretary, Miss Blanche 
Fentress, Raleigh, N. C; and Treasurer, Mrs. E. J. Lilly, 
Fayetteville, N. C. 

These faithful women went at once to work and at the 
close of the first year nine societies were reported with a 
membership of 199. 

At the first meeting in Wilson in 1879, nine Vice- 
Presidents were named to have charge of the work of the 
Districts, but in 1886 District Secretaries were substituted 
for Vice-Presidents. For four years unsuccessful attempts 
were made to hold the annual meetings in connection with 
the annual Conferences, but this plan was given up in 1883, 
and the first annual meeting, separate from the Conference 
session, was held at Durham in November of that year. 
Here the women enlarged their plans and grew more in- 

A real event in the lives of the Holston and North 
Carolina Conference Woman's Missionary Societies, during 
their twelfth year, was the formation of the Western North 
Carolina Conference from territory belonging to these two 
Conferences. This action of the General Conference, seem- 

ingly, might have weakened the work in the two Conference 
Societies, because of the transfer to the new Conference of a 
number of strong and important auxiliaries, but instead it 
resulted in the creation of interest and awakening of enthu- 
siasm in the new Conference, and an increased effort and 
co-operation on the part of the two "Mother Conferences" 
has stimulated the interest resulting in a wonderful growth 
and development which is still maintained by these two 



Organization of Foreign Missionary Society 

"The greatest eras in the history of Christianity 
have been its periods of missionary expansion; in 
its darkest ages, the bright and redeeming features 
have been the progress of its missions." 

—James Cannon, III. 

In May, 1890, at the meeting of the General Con- 
ference in St. Louis, Mo., there was created the Western 
North Carolina Conference, which incorporated all of 
North Carolina west of the Blue Ridge mountains — terri- 
tory which, heretofore, had been included in the Holston 
and North Carolina Conferences. 

Following this action of the General Conference, on 
August 6th, 1890, twenty-four women who had caught the 


Where tin' Forelgm Missionary Society was organized in 1800 anrt 

the Home Mission Society in 1901 


vision and whose hearts burned with missionary zeal and 
enthusiasm, pursuant to a call which had been issued, 
gathered in the Methodist Church at Salisbury, N. C, and 
organized the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Western North Carolina Conference, taking as a 
nucleus for the organization the societies which had been 
transferred from the Holston and North Carolina Confer- 
ences, many of these being among the first societies or- 
ganized in Southern Methodism. 

The women attending that meeting and making pos- 
sible the organization (the great majority of whom have 
gone to their reward), women, whom we may rightly call 
our Pioneer leaders were: Mrs. Frances Bumpass, Mrs. 
Lucy H. Robertson, Mrs. J. E. Ray, Mrs. E. E. Chaston, 
Mrs. E. J. Ector, Mrs. R. M. B/Ellington, Mrs. D. B. 
Coltrane, Mrs. L. L. Hendren, Mrs. C. C. Kennedv, Mrs. 
H. T. Hudson, Mrs. W. M. Robbins, Mrs. W. R.' Odell, 
Mrs. C. A. Reynolds, Mrs. Sallie Thomas, Mrs. A. M. 
Adams, Mrs. j. L. Price, Mrs. Northern, Mrs. T. A. 
Coughenour, Mrs. Sherrill, Miss Sallie Whisnant (now 
Mrs. W. W. Hagood), Miss Belle Hall, Miss Lillie Rowe 
(now Mrs. A. M. Frye) and Miss Amanda V. Lee. 

Visitors on this occasion were Mrs. Lucy A. Cunning- 
gim, President of the North Carolina Conference Woman's 
Missionary Society, and Mrs. W. S. Black, whose work with 
the children of the State had endeared her to all who knew 
her and won for her the affectionate title of "Aunt Mary." 

The last meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary 
Society of the North Carolina Conference, of which we had 
been a part, was held in Tryon Street Church, Charlotte, 
N. C, in 1889. Two officers of that Conference Society 
were within the bounds of the new Western North Carolina 
Conference, Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson, Vice-President and 
Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, Corresponding Secretary, who had 
held this office from the time of the organization of the 
Conference in 1878, and who was chosen for the same office 
in the new Conference holding it until her death in 1898. 

Mrs. L. H. Robertson, of Greensboro, N. C, acted as 
temporary Chairman, and was later in the session chosen 
President, an office which she held continuously for thirty- 


six years, resigning in 1926 and succeeded by the present 
President, Mrs. Charles C. Weaver. Miss Amanda V. Lee, 
of Shelby, recorded the minutes of the meeting which she 
turned over to Mrs. John R. Brooks, of Reidsville, who was 
chosen Secretary, serving in that capacity for a period of 
ten years. Mrs. W. R. Odell, of Concord, N. C, was the 
first Treasurer, and it is interesting to note that her first 
report showed $152.70 in the treasury. Compare that with 
the splendid financial report of 1927, with its total con- 
tributions of $126,095.15 and see what splendid results 
have been accomplished during the thirty-eight years of our 
Conference life. How the small amounts of 1890 have in- 
creased, like leaven, until now the Conference stands third 
among the Conferences of Southern Methodism! We 
women of the Western North Carolina Conference should 
not despise the day of small things, for God has taken the 
efforts of the few and multiplied them until today we stand 
as a great organization going forward in the work that He 
has committed into our hands. 

The other officers chosen at this meeting were: Mrs. 
J. E. Ray, of /Vsheville, N. C, Vice-President; Mrs. F. M. 
Bumpass, of Greensboro, N. C, Corresponding Secretary; 
Miss Amanda V. Lee, of Shelby, N. C, Superintendent of 
Juvenile Work; and Mr. W. R. Odell, of Concord, N. C, 
Auditor. The following were the District Secretaries named 
at the meeting: 

Asheville District, Mrs. J. E. Ray, Asheville, N. C. 
Charlotte District, Miss Sallie Whisnant, Charlotte, N. C. 
Franklin District, Mrs. S. F. Ferguson, Franklin, N. C. 
Greensboro District, Mrs. L. L. Hendren, Winston, N. C. 
Mount Airy District, Mrs. T. L. Gwyn, Elkin, N. C. 
Salisbury District, Miss Mittie Lanier, Salisbury, N. C. 
Shelby District, Mrs. H. T. Hudson, Shelby, N. C. 
Statesville District, Mrs. W. M. Robbins, Statesville, N. C. 
Trinity District, Mrs. Sallie Thomas, Thomasville, N. C. 

Mrs. F. M. Bumpass was elected a delegate to the 
Woman's Board of Missions, with Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson 
as alternate. In this connection it is interesting to note that 


Mrs. Bumpass was a regular attendant at the Board meeting 
for twenty years, and always brought back to her Confer- 
ence messages that were inspirational, helpful and in- 

There were others associated with us in our early days 
whose labors of love we cannot forget, among them, Mrs. 
J. W. Alspaugh, long time Treasurer; Mrs. W. H. Leith, 
Superintendent of Juvenile Work for five years; Mrs. J. H. 
Weaver, successor to Mrs. Leith and Superintendent of 
Juvenile W T ork for eleven years, known and loved as 
"Mother Weaver"; Mrs. N. S. Davis, Vice-President and 
Auditor; and Mrs. L. W. Crawford, Corresponding Secre- 
tary for seventeen years and Editor of Woman's Page in 
North Carolina Christian Advocate for many years. 

The Constitution and By-Laws for the new Conference 
were drafted by a Committee composed of Mrs. J. E. Ray, 
Mrs. H. T. Hudson and Mrs. W. M. Robbins. 

Seventeen societies ranking as Pioneers were trans- 
ferred to the Western North Carolina Conference from 
Holston and North Carolina Conferences, viz. : Frank- 
lin, Hendersonville, Asheville, W 7 aynesville, Weaverville, 
Franklin Children and Weaverville "Forget-Me-Nots" ; 
Greensboro, Salisbury, Mocksville, Rutherfordton, Win- 
ston, Hickory, Ansonville, Greensboro Female College, 
Charlotte and Statesville.* Others coming into the new 
Conference and whose organization dates back to the earlier 
years of our work were: Newton (1881), High Point 
(1880), Marion (1880), Reidsville (1880), Pineville 
(1882) and others perhaps of which we have no records, 
but who through the years have contributed their best efforts 
to the success of the work and have gone steadily forward, 
each year's record better than the preceding one. 

The first meeting of the Conference was held in Ashe- 
ville in 1891 and showed an increase in offerings from 
$152.70 reported at organization meeting to $5,325.38, 
which included a bequest of $2,000.00. A gratifying in- 
crease in members and organizations was also reported 

*The two latter societies for some reason were not listed in the 
Conference records, but have established from their own records the 
right to be listed as Pioneers. 


making our statistics read: Auxiliaries, 64; Members, 
1,374; Bright Jewel Bands, 42 with a membership of 1,736, 
making a total of 3,100 members and subscribers to 
Woman's Missionary Advocate, 265. 

The Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, 
sounded a note of optimism in the closing words of her 
report as she declared "our work advances wherever there 
are zealous workers. In some sections the rocks of prejudice 
and the hard soil of indifference and ignorance make the 
work more difficult, but the fire of loving zeal and the 
mellowing influence of the gospel must finally triumph over 
these. Today we sing a song of praise for what God has 
accomplished by our feeble instrumentality, and we unite 
our petitions to be endued with power from on high, that 
promised power of the Holy Ghost, which we need to 
qualify us for the mighty work to which we are called." 

A feature of this meeting was the establishment of the 
Frances Bumpass Lectureship Fund of $2,500 in honor of 
her who, perhaps was the pioneer spirit in the missionary 
work of North Carolina. 

The meeting of 1892 which was held in Statesville had 
several interesting features to record, among them and of 
special inspirational interest were the messages brought 
through the missionary sermons delivered by Dr. W. R. 
Lambuth, a visitor to the Conference, who, the minutes tell 
us "held his hearers spellbound" with the wonderful story 
of gospel achievements in the fair land of Japan, showing 
how the work beckons the Woman's Board to extend her 
borders there. 

The meetings of the years that followed had their 
interesting features and showed the gains in membership, 
organizations and contributions that came year after year, 
but upon which we cannot dwell in this limited history of 
our work. 



The Home Mission Society 

"Ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto 
the uttermost parts of the earth" 

In May, 1886, the General Conference authorized the 
Board of Church Extension to organize a Woman's Depart- 
ment to collect funds for parsonage building. This or- 
ganization was known as the "Woman's Department of 
Church Extension" until May, 1890, when the women, 
eager for an extension of their activities presented a 
Memorial to the General Conference asking for an enlarge- 
ment of the powers of the Society. Granting this request 
the scope of the Society was enlarged to include Home 
Missions and the name was changed to the Woman's 
Parsonage and Home Mission Society. The general work 
of this society was conducted by twelve women known as the 
Central Committee. In 1898 the organization became the 
Woman's Home Mission Society, and to take the place of 
the Central Committee, the Woman's Board of Home Mis- 
sions was constituted. As soon as this name was assumed 
helpers were appointed throughout the connection to pro- 
mote the cause of Home Missions. In 1899, at the 
preacher's Conference in Concord, N. C, Mrs. M. J. 
Branner was named as leader of this work in Western North 
Carolina Conference. 

In 1901 another band of interested missionary women 
met and Salisbury was again the chosen place of meeting. 
These women saw the need to work in the Lord's vineyard 
which lies nearer to us than beyond the seas, and an organi- 
zation for home work was effected — The Woman's Home 
Mission Society of the Western North Carolina Conference. 

In connection with this organization we find those 
splendid workers Mrs. M. J. Branner, Mrs. T. F. Marr, 
Mrs. James Atkins, Mrs. J. D. Arnold, Mrs. F. H. E. Ross, 



First President of the Home Mission Society, serving in that 

capacity for :i iiiiiiilu'ir of years 

Mrs. W. L. Nicholson, Mrs. J. K. Norfleet and others, ready 
to serve wherever their Master called. Only 374 members 
were reported at the first meeting, and the total amount 
raised for all purposes was $381.27, but in May, 1912, the 
last meeting as a Home Mission Society the membership 
was given as 1,831 and the total offerings more than 
$8,000.00. Mrs. M. J. Branner was the first President, 
holding office for many years, and was succeeded by Mrs. 
T. F. Marr, who was President at the time of the union 
with the Foreign Missionary Society in 1912. 

The discouragement that came to those women in the 
beginning is forcibly expressed in the report of the President 
at the fourth annual meeting held in Charlotte in 1905, 
when she declared, "Our women were slow to recognize the 
need of a connectional society. At our first annual meeting 
held in Salisbury in 1901 we had only two Conference 
officers, no District Secretaries and only seven societies. 

''Despite these discouragements we were fortunate in 
securing at that time our capable Treasurer, Mrs. F. H. E. 
Ross, and also favored by the presence and help of Miss 
Mary Helm, Editor of 'Our Homes.' At this critical stage 
in our history it was well that the few workers did not grow 
weary and faint-hearted, but with a courage inspired by 
faith in Him who had promised that 'in due season we shall 
reap if we faint not,' efforts were renewed, parsonages were 
built and furnished, boxes of supplies sent to families of 
preachers laboring in hard mission charges, the sick and 
imprisoned visited, religious instruction given in mothers' 
meetings and in cottage prayer meetings, and in many other 
ways the cause of Christ was aided. 

"Our second session convening in Winston in 1903 
found that the work had gone ahead beyond all expecta- 
tions. The following cheering message from Mrs. R. W. 
MacDonnell, Home Mission Board Secretary, heartened us 
and gave us new spirit: T send congratulations for the work 
accomplished by the Western North Carolina Conference 
Society. Excepting Holston and Florida Conferences I do 
not believe we have had a more rapid growth in any of the 
Conference societies this year.' " 



For .tears Home Mission Treasurer and for fifteen years 

Treasurer of Woman's missionary Council 

This organization continued to function for eleven 
years when it united with the Woman's Foreign Missionary 
Society and the two became the Woman's Missionary 
Society of the Western North Carolina Conference. 



The Union in 1912 at Gastonia 

"Uniting our efforts for the furtherance of the 
cause, remembering that there is a place and a 
definite work for each. By one spirit we are bap- 
tized into one body." 

At the twenty-second annual meeting of the Woman's 
Foreign Missionary Society, which was held at Gastonia, 
in 1912, the union of the two societies ( Foreign and Home) 
was consummated, by a joint commission of twenty-four 
women, twelve from the Home and twelve from the Foreign, 
who were empowered to act. 

The following composed the Unification Committee: 
Home representatives, Mrs. James Atkins, Miss Florence 
Blackwell, Mrs. H. A. Dunham, Mrs. P. T. Durham, Miss 
Cora Farp, Mrs. T. F. England, Mrs. T. F. Marr, Mrs. 
W. L. Nicholson, Mrs. J. K. Norfleet, Mrs. L. N. Presson, 
Mrs. L. D. Thompson and Mrs. J. H. Weaver. Foreign 
representatives: Mrs. I. lid Albright, Mrs. L. W. Craw- 
ford, Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Mrs. W^ R. Harris, Mrs. G. G. 
Harley, Mrs. M. B. Goodwin, Mrs. W. C. Houston, Mrs. 
D. M. Litaker, Mrs. L. H. Martin, Mrs. Frank Martin, 
Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson and Mrs. Richard Wills. 

Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson was elected Chairman of the 
Committee and Mrs. Plato Durham, Secretary. The report 
on Unification from the Woman's Home Mission Society 
was read by Mrs. James Atkins. Upon motion the Com- 
mittee decided to recommend union. This motion was sub- 
mitted to the Conference as a whole and with only one dis- 
senting voice was carried, thus, as Miss Daisy Davies ex- 
pressed it, "bringing the missionary family into one room 
which had heretofore been occupying two rooms under the 
same roof. 7 

By this union much duplicative work was eliminated, 
a closer relationship between the two departments was 
brought about, +he entire membership determined to step 


out on broader lines, dominated wholly by the true mis- 
sionary spirit, the one aim being to glorify God. 

Officers from both Home and Foreign societies were 
chosen, viz.: President, Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson, Greens- 
boro; First Vice-President, Mrs. G. G. Harley, Concord; 
Second Vice-President, Mrs. L. H. Martin, Greensboro; 
Third Vice-President, Miss Cora Earp, Mount Airy; 
Fourth Vice-President, Mrs. H. A. Dunham, Asheville; 
Corresponding Secretary (Foreign Department), Mrs. 
L. W. Crawford, Greensboro; Corresponding Secretary 
(Home Department), Mrs. James Atkins , Waynesville; 
Treasurer (Foreign Department), Mrs. P. N. Peacock, 
Salisbury; Treasurer (Home Department), Mrs. R. L. 
Hoke, Canton; Recording Secretary, Mrs. Plato Durham, 
Winston-Salem; Distributor Literature, Mrs. W. C. 
Houston, Concord; Superintendent Supplies, Mrs. J. L. 
Woltz, Mt. Airy; Editor and Press Superintendent, Mrs. 
W. L. Nicholson, Charlotte; Assistant Press Superinten- 
dent, Miss Helen Brem, Charlotte; Auditor, Mr. A. L. 
Smoot, Salisbury. 



Pioneer Missionary Societies 

FRANKLIN — This society has the distinction of be- 
ing one of the very first if not the first society to be organized 
in Southern Methodism, the date of its organization being 
May 9th, 1877, one year before the General Conference 
authorization of our Woman's Work. The society was 
organized by Rev. Dan Atkins, at that time Presiding Elder 
of the Franklin District in the Holston Conference. The 
meeting was held at the church and the officers chosen were: 
President, Mrs. Mary Isabella Siler, who was for years 
actively identified with the missionary work and whose life 
certificate bore the signature of Bishop Soule; Vice-Presi- 
dent, Mrs. C. D. Smith; Recording Secretary, Miss Mary 
Johnston (now Mrs. W. N. Airman J ; Corresponding Secre- 
tary, Mrs. Dan Atkins; Treasurer, Miss Allie Nolan (now 
Mrs. J. O. Harbison). There were nineteen charter mem- 
bers and this society was one of several that Mrs. D. H. 
McGavock reported as "the first co-operative effort ever 
attempted by the women of Southern Methodism." 

Eight of the charter members still live and three of 
them have served in official capacities for twenty years con- 
secutively; Mrs. D. S. Bryson as President of the Foreign 
Society two years and then as President of the Woman's 
Missionary Society (after union) for eighteen years; Mrs. 
Hattie Jones, nineteen years as Superintendent of Juniors 
and President of the auxiliary since giving up the Juniors; 
Mrs. M. I. Siler as President for twenty years. 

Mrs. Jackson Johnston attended the Atlanta Confer- 
ence in 1878, not as official delegate, but because of her 
interest in the work and to bring back to her society all the 
information she could obtain. 

HENDERSONYILLE— Organized in 1878 by Mrs. 
A. E. Pease with Mrs. Piggott as President; Miss Bessie 
Allen, Secretary and Mrs. Val Justus (now Mrs. J. P. 
Rickman), Treasurer. Other members were Mrs. T. G. 


Hart and Mrs. S. V. Pickens, Miss Mamie Justus (Mrs. 
S. H. Hilliard), Miss Flora Taylor (Mrs. F. Lincoln). 
This society has the honor of sending out the first Deaconess 
from the Western North Carolina Conference, Miss Bessie 
Allen, who was one of the first to take training at Scarritt 
and is now doing a splendid work in Atlanta, Ga. 

Mrs. Sallie Hart of this society contributed to the sup- 
port of a Chinese girl who bears the name, Bessie Allen. 
The society is today one of the most active in the Asheville 

WAYNESVILLE— Organized May, 1878. The his- 
torian of this society, unlike Mark Twain who once said, 
"it is a dangerous thing for a person to look up his family 
tree, he might find a monkey," finds that there is nothing in 
the record of the society's fifty years but what may well be 
recorded and looked back to with pride. 

Rev. James Atkins, afterwards Bishop, was the or- 
ganizer of this faithful band of women whose first Presi- 
dent was the wife of a preacher, Mrs. Philip Edwards. The 
meetings were held on Sunday afternoons at the homes of 
the members. The historian says: "We did not have litera- 
ture then on Woman's Work and how eagerly we did look 
forward to Mrs. F. A. Butler's paper published in Nash- 
ville, Tenn. From her we learned how the women (Mrs. 
Hayes, Mrs. McGavock and others) prayed for strength to 
organize the woman's work. Each of us felt the respon- 
sibility of the work undertaken without the help of the Holy 
Spirit, so together and in private we besought the wisdom 
needed, often praying all night." 

Of the charter members only four are now living: Mrs. 
Emma Willis, Mrs. W. T. Lee, Mrs. J. K. Boone and Mrs. 
Scott Brown. 

Mrs. M. J. Branner, first President of the Woman's 
Home Mission Society, Western North Carolina Confer- 
ence, and Mrs. James Atkins, at one time Corresponding 
Secretary of the Conference Society, were members of this 


WEAYERYILLE — Ten members constituted the 
charter roll of this society which was organized in 1879, 
with Mrs. J. A. Reagan as President. The first year the 
society contributed $10.00 to the missionary work. Several 
of the charter members still live and the society is doing a 
most gratifying work. 

ASHEVILLE— Mrs. J. E. Ray was one of the or- 
ganizers of this society which came into existence early in 
1879, with forty-four members enrolled. Its first President 
was Mrs. Burnette, wife of the pastor of Central Church, 
and Mrs. A. E. Pease, an honorary life member, was the 
Corresponding Secretary from the time of its organization 
until her death. While the early records of this society are 
not available we find the names of many of Asheville's 
prominent women engaged in the missionary work through 
this organization, among them Mrs. E. J. Aston, Mrs. 
Burnette, Mrs. A. T. Davidson, Mrs. T. A. Reynolds, Mrs. 
Erwin Sluder, Mrs. jane Spears, Mrs. John Patton, Mrs. 
J. P. Sawyer, Mrs. A. E. Pease, Mrs. M. E. Hilliard, Mrs. 
G. A. Roberts and others. 

GREENSBORO— It was Rev. 1). R. Bruton who 
called together the interested women of West Market Street 
Church at the parsonage, on February 23rd, 1879, and 
organized them into a Missionary Society, auxiliary to the 
North Carolina Conference. Thirty members were enrolled. 
Officers appointed were Miss Amanda V. Lee, President; 
Mrs. D. R. Bruton, Corresponding Secretary; Miss Eugenia 
Bumpass, Recording Secretary; and Mrs. L. W. Andrews, 
Treasurer. Eight vice-presidents were named and one 
month later Airs. I). A. Robertson (Mrs. Lucy H. ) became 

The first special gift in the North Carolina Conference 
was made by a member of this society, Mrs. Fannie Ogburn 
Andrews, who contributed $50.00 for the education of a 
Chinese girl to be named Ellen Morphis Wood, for her dear 
friend, one of the first missionaries to China. This society 
has furnished a greater number of officers for the Western 


North Carolina Conference than any other within its 

Among its charter members who were prominent as 
Board and Council members are Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, 
Mrs. F. H. E. Ross, Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson, Mrs. 
N. H. D. Wilson, and perhaps others. 

SALISBURY— April 2nd, 1879, is the date of the 
organization of this society, who had for its first President, 
Mrs. S. J. Swicegood; Vice-President, Mrs. J. F. Ross; 
Secretary, Mrs. J. J. Renn; Treasurer, Mrs. M. L. Holmes. 
Re-organized in March, 1882, and again in 1890. 

ANSONVILLE — No records of this society available 
excepting the names of the officers who were: President, 
Mrs. W. B. McLendon; Vice-Presidents, Mrs. W. D. Red- 
fern and Mrs. V. Garrett; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. 
J. N. Cole; Recording Secretary, Mrs. J. M. Dunlap; and 
Treasurer, Mrs. Kate Kendall Hendley. Date of organi- 
zation April 8th, 1879. 

MOCKSVILLE— Organized June 4th, 1879, by Rev. 
T. A. Boone with fourteen members, whose constitution 
stated as their object "to aid in interesting Christian women 
in the evangelization of heathen women, and in raising 
funds for this work." Each year of the history of this or- 
ganization showed that the spirit of missions grew and that 
the ladies of the church fell into line, one by one. First 
officers were: President, Mrs. M. L. Meroney; Vice-Presi- 
dents, Mrs. Jane H. Clement and Mrs. Malinda Clement; 
Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. E. M. Boone; Recording 
Secretary, Miss Jane Austen; and Treasurer, Miss Lizzie 

RUTHERFORDTON— August 10th, 1879, was the 
date of the organization of the Rutherfordton society with 
Rev. and Mrs. Sidney Bumpass as the organizers. T.iere 
were twenty charter members, and officers were: President, 
Mrs. J. M. Craton; \ "ice-Presidents, Mrs. J. B. Eaves and 


Mrs. G. H. Mills; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. M. J. 
Hayden; Recording Secretary, Mrs. J. L. Rucker; and 
Treasurer, Mrs. Jane Toms. 

HICKORY — The year 1879 saw the beginning of a 
Woman's Missionary Society in Hickory with nine members 
composing the charter membership, and the collections for 
the first year amounting to $7.10. 

Mrs. W. H. Ellis was elected President; Mrs. S. P. 
Bisaner, Recording Secretary; Mrs. H. S. Suttlemyre, Cor- 
responding Secretary; and Mrs. J. T. Johnson, Treasurer. 
That this organization was not taken seriously by some of 
the male members of the congregation is evident from a 
remark made by one of them and recorded in the minutes. 
This gentleman who was visiting the new organization, after 
seeing the earnestness and enthusiasm in evidence, said to a 
friend, "Now the women are started they will not know how 
to stop." He was uttering a true prophecy, for the society 
has not stopped, but has moved forward with an impetus 
that has added members to its ranks and material increase 
to its treasury. An outstanding event in the life of this 
society was the departure of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Clay to 
Brazil, Mr. Clay to establish a publishing house and Mrs. 
Clay to teach the women of that country the beauty and 
meaning of a Christian home. Mrs. J. W. Shuford has 
been President of the society for sixteen years. 

WINSTON— Organized April 22nd, 1879, by Rev. 
P. J. Carraway, pastor at that time of Centenary Church. 
Following w T ere the officers: President, Mrs. Mary Gray; 
Vice-Presidents, Mrs. Celeste Alspaugh, Mrs. Eliza 
Vaughn, Miss Ann Thompson; Recording Secretary, Miss 
Lizzie Leak; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Nannie Davis; 
Treasurer, Mrs. Amanda Black. 

There were seventeen charter members, four of whom 
are still living, two of whom are still doing active work, 
Mrs. Mary Ogburn and Mrs. Bettie Hill. Although the 
growth of the society was slow for several years, the efforts 
of the faithful few kept it from "losing ground." Special 


tribute is paid Mrs. Nannie Davis, than whom no society 
ever had a more faithful worker. Having no family and no 
near relatives she gave the devotion of her life to her mis- 
sionary society. It is due to her interest and care that the 
early records have been preserved. 

From a small beginning in 1879 great things have 
grown. At the close of the first year the record says, "The 
Secretary stated that $35.00 had been sent to the General 
Board of Missions for disbursement." Last year showed 
more than $4,000.00 total contributons. 

STATESVILLE — While there is no reference in the 
earliest records of the North Carolina Conference of this 
society, the Historian of the Statesville District, Mrs. H. A. 
Sigmon, of Newton, who left not a stone unturned to secure 
pioneer data, has found from those who were members of 
the organization that there was a society organized in 1879 
with twenty members, and with these officers: President, 
Mrs. R. G. Barrett; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Mamie 
Robbins (Mrs. B. F. Long) ; Treasurer, Miss Sallie Ander- 
son (Mrs. J. S. McRorie). Names of other officers not 
available. Among the charter members were Mrs. James 
Wilson, Mrs. J. B. Connelly, Mrs. G. W. Clegg, Mrs. W. M. 
Robbins and Mrs. W. E. Anderson. For several years the 
women of this society supported a Bible woman in China 
and paid the expenses of two Cuban children in school. 
From this society there have come the Woman's Missionary 
Society, and the Louise Sloan Society, both of which are 
most active. 

CHARLOTTE— As in the case of the Statesville 
Society the first year's record of the North Carolina Con- 
ference does not list Charlotte as a society, but the first 
President, Miss Sallie Bethune, whose death occurred only 
a few weeks ago, gives, through Mrs. Mattie H. Stewart, 
this information. 

The church work began with a "sewing society," the 
articles made each week being sold for money for the 
church. A dozen or more women, with Mrs. Louisa M. 


Wriston, as one of the most enthusiastic of the crowd, com- 
posed this society. The fact that a missionary spirit existed 
among the women of the Methodist Church in Charlotte is 
evidenced by a certificate of Life Membership in the Mis- 
sionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 
issued to Mrs. Louisa M. Wriston in 1859, bearing the 
signature of Bishop Joshua Soule as President and E. W. 
Sehorn, Secretary. The sum of twenty dollars as required 
by the constitution having been contributed for that purpose. 
( This framed certificate is now the prized possession of 
Mrs. Wriston's daughter, Mrs. C. C. Kennedy. ) 

Mrs. Stewart says, ''Previous to the meeting of the 
annual Conference in Charlotte in 1878 the women of 
Tryon Street Church, having received letters urging them to 
organize a missionary society, formed such an organization 
with about ten members, electing Miss Sallie Bethune, the 
youngest member as President. To the best of her remem- 
brance the other members were Mrs. L. M. Wriston, Mrs. 
Clem Dowd, Mrs. Pink Wilson, Mrs. Dr. Green, Mrs. 
J. W. Wadsworth, Mrs. J. S. Spencer, Mrs. Mary Farrow 
Asbury, Mrs. D. H. Byerly and Mrs. Jonas Rudisill. 

"As there were only a few members and the contribu- 
tions small there was a hesitsancy in reporting, which 
probably accounts for the lack of Conference record. The 
money was possibly turned into the Church Treasury. Mrs. 
Clem Dowd and Mrs. F. D. Swindell (pastor's wife) were 
the first of the members to hold Conference offices, Mrs. 
Dowd being District Secretary ( the Vice-President ) from 
1881-1884,' and succeeded by Mrs. Swindell in 1885/' 


— Organized November 21st, 1870. Twenty-one members 
and first year's collection $3.35. Officers: President, Mrs. 
L. Jones; Vice-Presidents, Miss Gena Bumpass, Miss Dora 
Jones and Miss Bessie Easley; Corresponding Secretary, 
Miss Lou Borden; Recording Secretary, Miss A. Jones; 
Treasurer, Miss Laura Nelson. 

Pioneer Children s Societies 

ganized in 1879 with twelve members, and up until this 
day the Weaverville Children's Society stands in the fore- 
front in efficient and faithful work. Three times has the 
name of the auxiliary been changed. After the formation 
of the Western North Carolina Conference Society they 
adopted the name "Bright Jewels" by which the children of 
the Conference were known for two years, then they became 
"Light Bearers ,, and now, since the recent change in the 
name by the Woman's Council, they are "Ep worth Juniors." 

Mrs. C. C. Brown, their present leader, has been their 
guide and pilot for more than thirty years. 

FRANKLIN — This society organized very soon after 
that of the adults about 1878. Still doing a fine work. 

GREENSBORO "BUSY BEES"— "Before January, 
1880," according to the records, this society was organized 
in Greensboro by Mrs. F. M. Bumpass. 

(Because of the inability to secure the records of the 
Home Mission Society, we cannot publish the list of Pioneer 
Home Societies. — Mrs. IF. R. Harris, Conference His- 



Pioneer Conference Officers 
Foreign Missionary Society 


"It is not too much to say of Mrs. Robertson that she 
embodies the highest ideals of both present and past. She 
is a womanly woman, possessing a broad culture, a large 
outlook upon life, a dignity and poise of manner together 
with a kindliness of heart that makes her most attractive 
and lovable. 

"The bare annals of Mrs. Robertson's life make a brief 
story, but to follow the upper course of its events, to trace 
the influences that have moulded, to catch some of its 
music, to understand its heart throbs, to record some of its 
triumphs, is to transcribe a lesson that may be handed down 
as a rich treasure to all other women." 

Her pioneer work has been: A staunch supporter of 
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (when it was 
not fashionable), Vice-President of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society of the North Carolina Conference. When divi- 
sion was made in 1890 she became the President of the 
Woman's Missionary Society, Western North Carolina Con- 
ference, which important position she held with honor until 
1926 (thirty-six years). Then to show the love and admir- 
ation that had been hers during these years of faithful 
service and wise guidance, she was made President 

Through her Presidency of Greensboro College for 
Women (now Greensboro College) Mrs. Robertson has, 
perhaps, touched the lives of more young women than any 
other one woman in our Conference. 

Mrs. Robertson is highly endowed, mentally and spirit- 
ually, possessing a mind strong and well developed which 
goes beneath the surface of things and keeps abreast of the 
times, and deep religious convictions which make her a 
brave soldier of the Cross, a loyal supporter of her church 
and its institutions and a warm friend to her pastors. 


Her life stands out as an open page in the history of 
our church work, and as we read may we learn the great 
lesson it teaches of godliness, faithfulness, patience and 
meekness — these attributes that glorify Christian woman- 

Mrs. G. W. Whitsett. 

MUS. J. e. RAY 

First Vice-President of Holston Conference Woman's Missionary Society, 

Vice-President of Western North Carolina Conference for years 

and District Secretary of Asheville Districe from 1890-1900 


Mrs. J. E. Ray, who died at her home in Asheville, 
N. C, June 3rd, 1918, filled a large place in the life of her 


people. Her sincere faith and her gentle heart led her from 
childhood through a glorious womanhood, to the gates of 
the city "whose "Maker and builder is God." 

She was one of the organizers of the Woman's Foreign 
Missionary Society of Central M. E. Church, South, Ashe- 
ville, which organization preceded by some months that of 
the General Woman's Board in Atlanta in 1878. 

For several years Mrs. Ray was the Vice-President of 
the Western North Carolina Woman's Missionary Society; 
District Secretary of the Asheville District and at the time 
of the organization of the Holston Conference Woman's 
Missionary Society in 1878, she was chosen Vice-President. 
She was also an active member of the Woman's Christian 
Temperance Union, a member of the Mission Hospital 
Board, and of the Associated Charities; in fact, she was in 
the forefront of any religious or patriotic movement that 
made for the upbuilding of her country. 

Her heart was always open to the poor and unfortu- 
nate and her home was a place where they could come and 
find a friend. She had a deep understanding of and sym- 
pathy for the negro. She devoted much of her time to teach- 
ing in their Sunday School and never lost patience with 
them in their weaknesses or hope for their final develop- 

Her greatest aspiration was to know the will of God 
and do it, her crowning hope was to see the face of her Lord 
and Master, Jesus Christ. 

Mrs. M. E. Child. 


Mrs. Frances Webb Bumpass, who was the first Cor- 
responding Secretary of the Woman's Missionary Society, 
North Carolina Conference, from 1878 to 1890, filled the 
same position in the Western North Carolina Conference 
when the latter was organized in 1890, serving until 1898, 
when she was removed from her long and faithful leader- 
ship by death, May 8th, 1898. 

To know what her consecrated life to the cause of mis- 
sions meant in her own State, as well as to Southern Metho- 


dism through her connection with the Woman's Foreign 
Mission Board, one should have known her beautiful Chris- 
tian personality; for in her daily life she manifested in the 
highest degree those virtues which are the fruit of the in- 
dwelling of the Spirit. She lived in such constant com- 
munion with the Master that her serenity of spirit irradiated 
her countenance like the mellow glow of light through trans- 
lucent alabaster. 

One could not be in her presence without feeling the 
influence of that chamber of peace in which her soul dwelt. 
Many who were perplexed and sorely tried sought her for 
the benediction which was imparted by association with one 
who dwelt in such an atmosphere of calm as resulted from 
her unfaltering trust in the wisdom and love of the Father 
for all His children. 

Her keen intelligence and sound judgment eminently 
fitted her to help those who sought 1 comfort and advice from 
her, and her patience never wearied in extending a helping 
hand to all who sought her sympathy. Her native gentle- 
ness of nature, enhanced by the meek and quiet spirit of the 
true follower of the Master, endeared her to all who came 
under her influence in the varied relations of life, while her 
unfaltering faith was an inspiration that helped to steady 
the faltering steps of many who might have fainted by the 
way but for the courage and hope kindled by the flame of 
her steadfast faith in the all-wise God whom she so faith- 
fully served. 

Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson. 


God gave to Mrs. Pauline Hill Brooks nearly sixty 
beautiful years, and through this pilgrimage of sunshine 
and shadow He was with her to lead and guide her. From 
earliest infancy He kept her in training for a great work 
and for Christian leadership among the women of Metho- 
dism in her Conference. 

Reared in a home of Christian culture and refinement, 
educated in a College where Christian influences were 


thrown around her, for some years a successful teacher, 
she was well equipped for the position of wife of an itine- 
rant minister, a position which she held for twenty-five 
years, and everywhere that she and husband served the 
church life was quickened by the faithful ministries that 
only a cultured, intelligent, consecrated preacher's wife 
can give. 

,*S*»>*ta fcSi 

MiiS. Hn.T. Brooks. 

Recording Secretary Woman's Missionary .Society, Western Xortli 
, Carolina Conference, 1890-1904 

Mrs. Brooks was a gifted woman and the fine talents 
committed to her keeping were turned to the best account 
in her Master's interest. She wrote and spoke with grace 


and facility, and in every department of church work her 
influence was felt. For fourteen years she was Recording 
Secretary of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society and 
most faithfully and efficiently did she perform her duties. 
During her residence in Charlotte she was Secretary of the 
Florence Crittenton Home Association, where she did some 
of her best work. 

She passed away in 1904 in Reidsville. She has left 
a rich legacy in the example of a beautiful Christian char- 
acter enriched with every Christian grace and virtue. 

Mrs. Edna Lindsey Watt. 


On July 7th, 1907, as the evening shadows lengthened 
and night was coming on, the life of Lizzie Sergeant Odell 
answered the call of our Heavenly Father to come home. 
All who knew her realized she went gladly and was un- 
afraid, for her Pilot was by her side. 

Her life was full of good deeds; wherever there was 
sickness or sorrow she was there for service and comfort. 

She was active in every phase of church work, a teacher 
in the Sunday School and for years was the most efficient 
President of the Forest Hill Missionary Society. When 
the Woman's Missionary Society, Western North Carolina 
Conference, was organized at Salisbury in 1890, Mrs. Odell 
was elected Treasurer, a position which she filled most effi- 
ciently for two years. 

Mrs. Odell had a valiant co-worker in her loyal hus- 
band and to Forest Hill Church they gave much of their 
time in beautiful Christian service. As her pastor's wife 
she gave me much more than an ordinary friendship. The 
influence of her consecrated life still lives in the hearts of 
those who knew and loved her. 

Mrs. M. A. Smith. 


Written into the annals of those pioneer missionary 
women of the Western North Carolina Conference, who 
wrought so wonderfully for this cause, is the name of Miss 
Amanda V. Lee, of Shelby, N. C. 


In 1885 she organized one of the first Children's Mis- 
sionary Societies in the Conference at Shelby, and with this 
group of fiftv or sixty "Bright Jewels 11 she met every Sun- 
day afternoon, and conducted probably the first Mission 
Study class and Training School in one, although these 
activities were then unknown as such. 

She very definitely instilled into these children her own 
warm missionary spirit, and gave out all available mis- 
sionary information which was indelibly impressed upon 
their minds. 

It is recorded that in four years her Bright Jewels gave 
to missions $274.00. The whole story of the ingathering 
of this sum, in pennies, nickels and dimes, no doubt, will 
never be adequately told, because only those "sun-clad 
women" who gave first themselves with patience, with sacri- 
fice, with perseverance, with faith, with vision — only these 
know the story in its entirety. It is told today in the lives 
of the men and women who constitute trie missionary spirit 
of the Church. 

At the organization meeting of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society of the Western North Carolina Conference, Miss 
Lee was chosen leader of the Children's Work and held the 
position with efficiency for two or more years. Under her 
leadership the work grew and prospered, and she gave to it 
an impetus which has helped to carry it on through these 
thirty-eight years. 

Mrs. H. K. Boyer. 


No woman in North Carolina has given herself more 
completely to the cause of Foreign Missions than did Mrs. 
L. W. Crawford, of Greensboro, N. C. For a period of 
seventeen years she was Conference Corresponding Secre- 
tary and for many years Editor of the Woman's Page in 
the North Carolina Christian Advocate, being the first 
woman named for that responsible position when the page 
was started in 1897. 

Gentle, though firm; quiet, yet adventurous; prevail- 
in prayer, she left her impress upon the lives of all with 
whom she came in direct contact. 


"They buried a quiet lady beneath the sod, 
And said, 'her quiet spirit has gone to God.' 
But I, who love the lady know a tale, 
Her spirit climbed a mountain and rides a gale." 

Mrs. Richard Wills. 

Long Time Treasurer Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, 
Western North Carolina Conference 


Pioneers have wrought well throughout the ages, they 
are revered as noble spirit who have made the paths of life 
less difficult for those coming after them. Such were the 


women who organized and carried on the work of the 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society in its early years. 
Lack of interest was discouraging, members came in slowly 
and funds were small. 

Among those who lived to see the work enlarge and 
become an important part of the Church was Mrs. J. W. 
Alspaugh, a Conference Treasurer for several years. As 
Miss Celeste Tucker she was born and reared in Olin, 
Iredell County, North Carolina. She was a charter mem- 
ber of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. After her 
marriage of Col. Alspaugh she spent the remainder of her 
life in Winston. 

She was elected Treasurer of the Conference Society in 
Statesville in 1892 and held that office until 1901. She 
gave time and labor to that work which she greatly enjoyed, 
and always attended the annual meetings. 

Mrs. Alspaugh had a cultured mind and was gifted in 
song. She gave freely of all her talents to the Church. 
When she died, February 20th, 1908, not only the Woman's 
Missionary Society but the Church lost a rare and loyal 

Miss Nora Dodson. 

Home Mission Society 


Mrs. M. J. Branner, of Waynesville, was one of our 
most interested pioneers in the Home Mission department 
of our church. 

When the first annual meeting of the Home Mission 
Society, Western North Carolina Conference, convened in 
Salisbury in November, 1901, she was its gracious presiding 
officer, and her prayers and inspiring words still linger in 
the memory of those who were privileged to see her calm, 
benign face and hear her sweet voice, which always brought 
an inspiring message, for Mrs. Branner was a woman of 
rare spiritual attainments and her prayers and words of 
counsel were an inspiration to her hearers. 


At the annual Conference in Concord in 1899 Mrs. 
Branner was appointed President and her special work was 
to be the organization of a Conference Society. She did not 
have an easy task to perform. As she said in an address 
delivered in Salisbury at the fourth annual meeting, "Our 
women were slow to recognize the need of a connectional 
society." But with faith in the Master and with the realiza- 
tion of the need of a society that would do the work planned 
for the Home Mission Society, she labored on and was 
rewarded by seeing the work grow from seven societies at 
the first annual meeting to twenty-eight organizations at the 
second meeting. 

It was during Mrs. Branner's term of office that Bre- 
vard School was taken over by the Home Mission Board, 
and she was much interested in the work that it was doing 
and the need it was meeting for our mountain boys and 

Mrs. Branner was a leader in the W. C. T. U. and the 
little white ribbon was her constant companion, reminding 
all with whom she came in contact, of the high and noble 
things for which she stood. 

Her special mission seemed to be to the poor and un- 
fortunate and those in prison. To all of these she min- 
istered faithfully and lovingly, and delighted in telling of 
the many visible results for the kingdom, which she was 
permitted to see. 

It was pioneers of the type of Mrs. Branner whose faith 
and courage inspired the women of our Church to press 
forward, and made possible the great work accomplished 
by them. 

Mrs. H. A. Dunham. 


The greatest blessing in the life of a child and the 
richest heritage is to be born of godly, pious parents and to 
be reared in a Christian home amid religious influences. 

In such a home as this Ella Branner Atkins was born 
October 10th, 1859, daughter of Mary Josephine Love and 
Joseph A. Branner. In 1878 she was happily married to 
Rev. lames Atkins, afterwards Bishop, and came imrae- 


diately to Asheville, where her husband was pastor of Cen- 
tral Church, and later President of Asheville Female Col- 
lege, and in that city they resided for a number of years. 

Mrs. Atkins was a woman of superior mental ability 
and in hearty sympathy with all the work of the Church. 


Corresponding .Secretary of the Home Mission Society, "Western North 

Carolina Conference, at tiie time of union in 1912 

At the time of her death in 1916 she was President of the 
Waynesville Woman's Missionary Society, and in this 
position gave most loyal and efficient service. 

At the time of the union of the Home and Foreign 
Societies in 1912, she was Corresponding Secretary of the 


Home Society, and continued to hold the office until 1914. 
Her death in 1916, which occurred at her home in 
Waynesville, brought sorrow to the hearts of her host of 
friends throughout the State, and was a distinct blow to the 
church and community where she gave so liberally of herself 
in unselfish. Christian service. 

Mrs. James Atkins, Jr. 

II US. T. P. ^1 \HH 

Recording Secretary :nul President of Home Mission Society, holding; 

office of President at time of union in L912 


No more enduring name can be associated with the his- 
tory of the Missionary spirit of the woman's missionary 


work of the Western North Carolina Conference, than that 
of Kannie Zachary Marr (Mrs. T. F. Marr), who occupied 
positions of trust and responsibility therein; and always 
brought to any office to which she was called, the enthu- 
siasm of unselfish, consecrated service. 

Hers was a busy life. She was an exemplary wife, and 
devoted mother, and home was to her a sacred and holy 

As the wife of a minister, her hands and heart found 
boundless opportunities for unheralded, unobtrusive service. 
Mrs. Marr believed in young people, taking the basis that 
they were the hope of the world, and she lavishly encour- 
aged the young men and women of her church to seek the 
"higher trails" of life. 

She was imbued with a zeal for consecrated service, 
and she dedicated and gave freely of her talents to the up- 
building and furthering of the cause of missions as spon- 
sored by her church. She enlisted under its banner in 
young womanhood, and served there with unswerving devo- 
tion and loyalty till the Father of all light called her to 
"Come up Higher." 

She wrought worthily and her influence and memory 

Mrs. R. Duke Hay. 


Mrs. F. H. E. Ross is truly a pioneer in missionary 
activity, for as a little girl she began trying to teach a 
colored servant at night, what she had learned at school 
during the day. 

That this zeal has not abated is shown by the records 
of her work, for she splendidly filled many offices in local 
and conference societies. In 1910 Mrs. Ross was called to 
the important duties of Treasurer of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Council: Here her name stands for wise and econom- 
ical administration of millions of dollars contributed by the 
women of Southern Methodism. 

The predominating traits of Mrs. Ross' character are 
clearness of conviction, steadfastness of purpose, and 


loyalty to duty. These are as true of her social life as of 
her religious and business career. Truly, "Her works do 
follow her," for even though called by family ties to live in 
a distant state, she is still treasurer of Brevard Institute 
and is keenly alive to every interest of the Master's 

Mrs. R. R. Alley. 


I count it no ordinary privilege to voice an appreciation 
of our beloved Mrs. T. J. Copeland, who though now Presi- 
dent of the Baltimore Conference, virtually belongs to the 
"Good Old North State," where she was reared and later 
began active work in an official capacity in the pioneer work 
of the Home Mission Society. 

Rarely is there given to one woman such a multiplicity 
of endowments as are hers, carrying as they do such a 
noticeable spirit of self-effacement. Her gift of leadership, 
her convincing speech, her keenness of judgment, coupled 
with a wholesome sense of humor and a gracious demeanor; 
all have contributed to a personality that has drawn count- 
less number under her influence. 

However, above all this one is impressed with the fact 
that here truly is a great soul, on fire with zeal in her 
spiritual adventure, and one who has, in her own life, 
exemplified St. Paul's admonition: "Let your love be made 
rich in knowledge and all manner of insight so that you 
may have a sense of what is vital! " 

Mrs. S. H. Isler. 



Juniors and Young People 

"In the heart of youth lies the destinies oi the 
Kingdom of God." 

An angel paused in his upward flight 
With a seed of love and truth and right, 
And cried, "O where shall this seed be sown 
That it yield most fruit when fully grown?" 
The Saviour heard and said as he smiled — 
'Plant it for me in the heart of a child." 

Franklin and Weaverville in the "Land of the Sky" 
have the distinction of having organized the first children's 
societies in our Conference, and perhaps among the very 
first in Southern Methodism. The Franklin Society was 
organized soon after that of the women and through all 
these years has been active in good works. Both these 
societies at the time of their organization were in the Hol- 
ston Conference of which we were then a part. 

The Weaverville Society organized in 1879 was known 
as the "Forget-Me-Nots" for a number of years and kept 
that name until they became "Light Bearers." This society 
was organized by Mrs. F. A. Butler and Mrs. J. S. Kennedy 
with a membership of twelve and the dues three cents per 
month. This society still lives and is among the leading 
children's societies in the Conference today. Mrs. C. C. 
Brown for more than thirty years has been the leader of 
this organization. 

"Before January, 1880/' say the records, "there was 
a Juvenile society in Greensboro with fifty members and 
when Mrs. W. S. Black organized the children's work in 
1882, at the Conference in December of that year, she 
reported eighteen auxiliaries and of that number five were 
in the territory afterwards included in the Western North 
Carolina Conference." In May, 1882, several other bands 
were reported by Mrs. F. M. Bumpass. 


At the organization meeting of our Conference in 1890 
a number of Juvenile societies were reported by Miss 
Amanda V. Lee, then in charge of the work, and with the 
twenty-four adults gathered there to effect an organization, 
was a representative of the Salisbury Sunday School Mis- 
sionary Society, Master Theodore West. It is also inter- 
esting to note that at this meeting Miss Lee gave the Shelby 
Bright jewels the honor of being the banner society with 
fifty-eight members and having raised $73.92. Of this 
amount $20.50 was contributed by small boys who had 
made it trading and placing their money in their mite boxes. 

At the meeting of the Conference held in Statesville in 
1892 the children adopted the name of "Light Bearers" 
and the manner in which this name was suggested is a most 
interesting bit of history. Prior to this time the Juvenile 
societies had been known as Bright Jewels having retained 
the name adopted by the North Carolina Conference, but at 
that meeting in response to a request of Miss Lee, several 
names were suggested by which our little folks might be 
designated, among these being "Sunbeams," "Gospel 
Light," "Light Bearers," etc. The last name was suggested 
bv Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson and was unanimously adopted. 
Mrs. Robertson tells us how through a most pleasing in- 
cident the name suggested itself to her. 

Prior to the opening of the Conference, the Executive 
Committee had met in the Church to forecast the program 
and to discuss any questions of moment which might come 
up during the next few days. As they lingered it began to 
grow dark, and a young lad of Statesville, afterwards known 
as Prof. Walter Thompson, Superintendent at one time of 
the Jackson Training School at Concord and of the 
Children's Home at Winston-Salem, anxious to do his bit 
for the success of the meeting came in, took down the oil 
lamps with which the church was lighted at that time, took 
them out, polished, filled, lighted and brought them in. As 
he entered bringing his light to dispel the gathering dark- 
ness one of the company remarked, "Here comes the Light 
Bearer." Mrs. Robertson caught the significance, suggested 
the name and by that title the children of the Western North 


Carolina Conference have carried forward their work dur- 
ing the past several decades. 

In 1894 Miss Lee resigned as leader of this department 
and Mrs. W. H. Leith, of Morganton, took the work and for 
five years gave the best of her time, her strength and her 
talents to the advancement and growth of the work which 
grew and prospered under her leadership. 

At her resignation her mantle fell upon the shoulders 
of Mrs. J. H. Weaver, who for ten years carried the work 
forward. Mrs. Weaver loved and worked in every depart- 
ment of the Church, but perhaps her best work was that 
given to the children through the Woman's Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society. Of exceptionally fine traits, pure in heart, 
gentle, refined in nature, a beautiful Christian character, 
she seemed especially fitted to be the leader of the young 
life of the church. 

In 1909, Mrs. G. G. Harley took charge of the work 
and for four years filled the place most acceptably, then 
for three years Mrs. Mattie H. Stewart gave unstintingly of 
her time for the advancement of the work of this depart- 
ment, serving during the first days of the union of the Home 
and Foreign Societies. 

In 1917 the work was given over into the hands 
of Miss Amy Hackney, the present Superintendent of 
Children's Work, and through her efforts the work has 
grown until today our children of Western North Carolina 
Conference hold an enviable place among the children of 
other Conferences of Southern Methodism. To know that 
the children are interested study the statistics of the past 
years and note the progress they have made. 


"It has been said of Miss Grace Dodge that she 
dreamed a dream and Columbia University came into 
existence. It may be said of the good women of Southern 
Methodism they dreamed a dream of the possibilities 
dormant in the young people of their churches and there 
came into existence the young people's missionary societies." 


From the early records of our Conference we find that 
in 1890 three societies existed, Asheville, Greensboro and 
Winston-Salem. Two years later Charlotte, Franklin, 
Statesville and Weaverville were added. At the annual 
meeting in 1894 for the first time the young people had a 
place on the program of the annual meeting, and in 1901 
we find the young people pledging themselves to raise 
$750.00 for special work. 

In Shelby in 1903, during the hour given over to the 
Young People's Work, Mrs. L. W. Crawford, Correspond- 
ing Secretary of the Conference, explained a recent action 
of the Board urging the enlistment by each Conference of 
the young women of the church, and the giving to them of 
special work. She also reported the adoption of the name 
"Golden Links" and urged all the societies, especially the 
new ones, to enlist under that name. 

She spoke of the course of study that had been ar- 
ranged for the young people, the badge to be prepared and 
forcibly impressed the possibilities of this work through 
earnest prayer and zealous effort. 

She made the pleasing announcement that the Board 
had entrusted to the young women of the Western North 
Carolina Conference a lovely young women, a medical mis- 
sionary, Miss Margaret Foster, as their very own. 

The name of Golden Links was adopted and with 
peculiar interest and enthusiasm the young people began the 
work assigned to them — the support of their own mission- 
ary. ( The Young People's Society at Forest Hill, Concord, 
N. C, was the first society in Western North Carolina Con- 
ference organized under the new name and they are still 
known as the "Houston Golden Links.") 

Earlier records tell us that on November 21st, 1879, 
Mrs. N. H. I). Wilson, President of the North Carolina 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, reported the organi- 
zation of a young woman's society at Greensboro Female 
College to be known as the Marvin Society, and to be a 
branch of the West Market Adult Auxiliary. (In October, 
1881, this society did merge with the West Market Society, 
but later another society was organized at the college, as a 
Young People's Society.) 


In 1888 the Young Ladies' Society of West Market 
Street Church, Greensboro, was organized by Mrs. F. M. 
Bumpass and Mrs. J. A. Cunninggim, with seventeen 
charter members, whose purpose it was "to get the young 
life of the church to aid the women and children in sending 
the gospel to those in foreign lands, on our own borders 
and among the Indians of our own country, through the 
agencies of female missionaries, teachers, physicians and 
Bible readers." 

Later this society, after a visit from Miss Margaret 
Foster, was so captivated by her and so interested in her, 
that they assumed the entire expense of her medical train- 
ing and adopted her name — The Margaret Foster Society. 

Following Miss Foster's death the year after their 
adoption of her, the society began earnestly to pray for a 
missionary to take her place and one of its own members, 
Miss Nina Troy, was called to missionary service in the 
foreign field and is still the adopted missionary of this 
faithful, energetic band of voung women. Other members 
of this society who have volunteered for service are Mrs. 
Blanche Boyles Sterne, who was for a time a missionary 
worker in the home field, and Miss Ola Callahan, now in 
training for service in the foreign field. 

Thus started the young people's work in our Confer- 
ence, but not until 1908 was there a special department 
formed for them. At that time there were about thirty 
organizations in the Conference. 

At the meeting in Asheville in 1908 the first Super- 
intendent of Young People's Work was appointed, Miss 
Nina Dayvault, of Concord, being chosen for this respon- 
sible position, but Miss Dayvault served only one year, and 
Mrs. E. A. Cole, of Charlotte, was chosen as her successor 
and served two years. Mrs. L. H. Martin, of Greensboro, 
succeeded Mrs. Cole and held the office from 1911-1913, 
then Mrs. Plato Durham, 1913-1915; Mrs. H. K. Bover, 
1915-1917; 'Mrs. W. R. Harris, 1917-1923; Mrs. Charles 
C. Weaver, 1923-1926. Upon her election as President of 
the Conference, Mrs. Weaver gave the work into the hands 
of Mrs. Hoke Bullard, the present incumbent. 


The records show the wisdom in the creation of this 
department through which the young people have carried 
forward their work, and the gratifying report submitted by 
Mrs. Bullard in 1927 shows that there has been no lack of 
interest in the work. Ninety-two societies with a member- 
ship 2,170, with contributions totaling $6,467.09 speak 
loudly the success of the work. 



Our Missionaries 

'I sent them forth from my kingdom 
As torches to light the world, 

And each one carried a message, 
In each was my purpose furled." 

One of the greatest and most valued assets of the 
Western North Carolina Conference is her band of repre- 
sentatives, who, as missionaries and deaconesses are giving 
faithful, loyal, unselfish service to the missionary cause — 
the salvation and redemption of humanity. Our Confer- 
ence is proud of these workers, and justly so, for each is 
making a most gratifying record in her chosen field of labor. 


In Salisbury in 1902, at the twelfth annual meeting 
of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, a most im- 
pressive scene, fraught with intense interest and that will 
abide for good in the hearts of those who participated in it, 
was the presentation of Miss Blanche Howell, of Morgan- 
ton, to the Conference as our first missionary — the first to 
go as our representative to the foreign land. This fact 
seemed to bring Miss Howell in very close and personal 
touch with the members of the Conference, many of whom 
were deeply affected by her simple, earnest testimony as to 
her call to the foreign field. An earnest prayer was offered 
by Mrs. John R. Brooks, commending her to the care of 
the heavenly Father in her work in Brazil, whither every 
one should follow her with their daily prayers for richest 
blessings upon her and her work. 

The moral sublimity of this scene made a deep and 
abiding impression and could but result in the quickening 
of missionary interest in the Conference. Miss Howell did 
a most gratifying work in Brazil for years and her interest 
in the people of that country and in the work there has 
never waned. She is now Mrs. Frank Tripp, of New Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts. 



In 1909 two other choice and well equipped women 
offered to God their lives wholly dedicated to His service, 
Miss Terrie Buttrick, of Asheville, and Miss Leila Judson 
Tuttle, of Lenoir. Having finished the prescribed course 
at Sca'rritt Training School they had been appointed, one 
to Mexico, the other to China. 

Miss Buttrick, who was assigned to Mexico, was forced 
after a few years, because of ill health, to give up her work 
and return to Asheville for recuperation. Regaining her 
strength to some extent she went again to her loved work, 
this time as a teacher in the Lydia Patterson Institute, a 
school for Mexicans in El Paso, but the condition of her 
health again necessitated her giving up the work and she 
is now engaged in teaching in Asheville, and as a member 
of the Woman's Auxiliary of Central Methodist Church is 
doing a most effective work. 

Miss Tuttle was assigned to China, where she is still 
doing a most valuable work. Her first seventeen years 
were spent at McTyeire School, in Shanghai, in the English 
Department, but in September, 1926, to meet a definite need 
for an English teacher, she was transferred to Laura Hay- 
good Normal School in Soochow. 

In 1912 two others were called to service in the foreign 
field, Miss Nina Troy, of Greensboro, and Miss Frances 
Burkhead, of Lexington, while three years later Miss Kate 
Hackney, of Asheville, answered a call to service in China. 
Miss Troy and Miss Hackney are both associated with 
Laura Haygood Normal School in Soochow, Miss Hackney 
in the Kindergarten Department and Miss Troy in the 
Music Department. Miss Burkhead was for a number of 
year Superintendent of the Moka Garden Embroidery Mis- 
sion at Soochow, but at the outbreak of the war in China 
she was at home on furlough, and her return there at this 
time not being advisable she went to Mexico as a substitute 
teacher at the Colegio Roberts, where she served for several 
months. She is now with her sister in Raleigh, hoping soon 
to return to her loved China. 

These four young women, Misses Tuttle, Troy, Burk- 
head and Hacknev, are adopted daughters of societies in 


the home land; Miss Turtle, of Central Church, Concord; 
Miss Troy, of Margaret Foster Society, Greensboro; Miss 
Burkhead, of Central Church, Asheville, and Miss Hack- 
ney, of the Marion District. 

Miss Ethel Bost, of Cornelius, and Miss Naomi Howie, 
of Wavnesville, were sent out by the Conference in 1925 to 
China, Miss Bost going to Shanghai and Miss Howie to 
Soochow. Each of these young women are giving valiant 
service in the land of their adoption. 

A missionary claimed by our Conference who served 
on the staff of the Margaret Williamson Hospital in 
Shanghai, is Dr. Louise Ingersoll, of Asheville, who though 
a Presbyterian in faith, became a Methodist by adoption 
and did a faithful work in the union hospital under contract 
with our Woman's Missionary Council. Because of ill 
health Dr. Ingersoll had to return to Asheville, where she 
has sufficiently recovered to resume her work in her home 

In the list of candidates consecrated for missionary 
service at the Council meeting in Shreveport, La., in 1927, 
we find the name of Miss Octavia Clegg, of Greensboro, 
who was under appointment to China, but was afterwards 
transferred to Japan where she has begun her work. Miss 
Clegg "is a daughter of the parsonage," and has been 
adopted by the Woman's Missionary Society of Park Place 
Church in Greensboro, of which she is a member. 

In Korea the representatives from our Conference are 
Miss Olive Lee Smith, of Reidsville, N. C, stationed at 
Choon Chun; Miss Blanche Hauser, R. N., of Winston- 
Salem, adopted missionary of the Winston-Salem District, 
who is in the fourth year of her work at Wonsan Christian 
Hospital in Wonsan, and Miss Mabel Cherry, of Union- 
ville, who was consecrated in 1928, and has recently gone 
out to the field as the "living link" of the First Church, 
Salisbury, Woman's Missionary Society. 

Miss Mabel Jetton, of Shelby, is our only representa- 
tive in the Latin-American field and is stationed in Brazil, 
where she is teacher of English and Domestic Arts in Col- 
legian Centenario, Santa Maria. 


In the list of missionaries not now in active service is 
Miss Grace McCubbins, of Salisbury (now Mrs. Ross), 
who was appointed to Korea in 1917, where she served most 
faithfully for several years. The Grace McCubbins Society 
of Salisbury is her namesake. 

At the Council meeting in Nashville, Tenn, in April 
of this year, two of our choice girls of Western North Caro- 
lina were consecrated as missionaries, Miss Mabel Cherry, 
of Unionville, and Miss Mary Taylor Myers, of Concord, 
Miss Cherry receiving an appointment to Korea and Miss 
Myers to Africa as a nurse missionary. 

In 1927 our Conference adopted as special mission- 
aries, Rev. and Mrs. S. A. Stewart and family, of Hiro- 
shima Girls' School in Hiroshima, Japan. 

We now support 14 missionaries, 17 Bible women, 16 
Foreign Scholarships and several Home Scholarships. 


Miss Bessie Allen — The people of Hendersonville, 
N. C, congratulate themselves that the first Deaconess 
to go out from the Western North Carolina Conference is 
a member of the Woman's Missionary Society of that place, 
Miss Bessie Allen, who in 1909 began her work and after 
eighteen years of efficient service is now at Atlanta, Ga., 
City Mission Board. 

Deaconess Fannie Bame, of Duncan Memorial Church, 
Charlotte, hails from Salisbury, and is a product of the 
Scarritt Training School. She volunteered for service in 
1922 and her work along religious and educational lines 
and in social activities in the community in which she lives 
is most valuable. 

Miss Henrietta Logan, mission worker and pastor's 
assistant at Spencer Memorial Church in Charlotte, is doing 
invaluable service in her chosen work. 

Deaconess Berta Ellison claims Franklinville, N. C, 
as her home town, and since 1914 has been doing a splendid 
work from which she declares she has gotten "wonderful 
blessings." She is at St. Mark's Hall in New Orleans. 

From the Sapphire country of Western North Carolina 
came Deaconess Frank Miller, who was consecrated in 


1915, and who has done a most faithful work in the home 

At Dumas Institutional Church in Mobile, Ala., 
Deaconess Dora Hoover, another of our Western North 
Carolina girls, is doing a good work. Miss Hoover, who 
was consecrated in 1909, is from Newton, N. C, on the 
Statesville District. 

One of our most recent volunteers in the home field is 
Miss Edith Ader, another "daughter of the parsonage," who 
was consecrated in Raleigh in 1926, and is now at Sue 
Bennett School in London, Ky., where she holds a most 
responsible position and is doing a highly gratifying work. 

There are others of our girls at Scarritt College, among 
them Miss Ola Callahan, of Greensboro, and Audrey 
Ratchford, of Gastonia, who are preparing themselves for 
the great work to which they have been called. 

What an inspiration to us are the lives of these godly, 
consecrated young women — our representatives in the home 
and foreign fields. May we be more loyal because of their 
loyalty; more faithful because of their fidelity, and more 
consecrated because of their deep and abiding faith in Him 
who has said, "Go Ye." 


North Carolina women say that the spirit of missions 
was born among the women of that Conference in the old 
Greensboro Female College in 1859, when Ellen Morphis, 
a graduate of the college, married Rev. M. L. Wood, who 
sailed for China with Dr. Young J. Allen, December 17th, 
1859. It took them seven months to make the voyage, one 
hundred and fifty days of which were out of sight of land. 
Mrs. Lucy A. Cunninggim and Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, 
pioneers in the woman's work, claimed to have received 
their initial inspiration for missions from this event, which 
to them was, so significant. 

- — From "Women and the Kingdom." 



Brevard Institute 

"Education is bringing out of a thing the best 
that God has put into it." 

— Governor Charles B. Aycogk. 

'Education is truly the handmaid of religion. 

Situated in the mountains of Western North Carolina 
at Brevard, in Transylvania County, is Brevard Institute, 
a school for mountain boys and girls, operating under the 
Woman's Missionary Council. 

We, of the Western North Carolina Conference, feel 
especially proud of this institution and of the splendid 
work it is doing in the training of our boys and girls for 
true citizenship. 

The history of this school is most interesting. The 
credit for its existence must be given to Mr. and Mrs. Fitch 
Taylor who started it, nursed and nurtured it through many 
discouragements, seemingly, at times, more than they could 
overcome, but in the face of all obstacles carried it on to 
success until today it stands as one of the leading schools 
in the section in which it is located. 

"It was in 1904 that the Home Mission Society decided 
to take this school under its fostering care, until the con- 
ditions of its acceptance could be fulfilled," says the fourth 
annual report of the Woman's Home Mission Society, 
Western North Carolina Conference. 

A pleasing incident is given in this record of an hour 
of great interest to those present, the hour set apart for the 
formally turning over the Brevard Industrial School into 
the hands of the Woman's Board of Home Missions. Rev. 
D. Atkins, D.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, made 
an impressive speech telling of the origin of the school, the 
many struggles through which it had passed, the great need 
of such an institution in this section and of the good it had 


already done. He requested that the Western North Caro- 
lina Conference be allowed the privilege of appropriating 
something every year to its support. Mrs. Frank Siler ac- 
cepted the trust gracefully in the name of the Woman's 
Board of Home Missions. 

Since that day the women of Southern Methodism have 
been interested in Brevard Institute and today it stands as 
an institution worthy of our great interest, our prayers and 
our gifts. The splendid faculty are doing their work well, 
and what this school means to the boys and girls of the 
mountains cannot be estimated. "As a tree is known by 
its fruits" so Brevard Institute's thorough work is known 
by the lives of the students who go out from its doors each 
year to take their places in the world. 



The Belle Harris Bennett Memorial 

All of our women are largely familiar with the out- 
standing facts about the Bennett Memorial, but to keep 
history straight I will go back to the Council meeting of 
1923, at which time it was decided that the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society should build a fitting memorial to its fallen 
leader. A marvelous tribute was paid to Miss Bennett by 
Mrs. F. F. Stephens. In the following lines she portrayed 
the spirit which had animated Belle Bennett throughout a 
life of noble service: 
"Make me a torch to be for feet that grope 

Down Truth's dim trail; to bear for wistful eyes 
Comfort of light ; to bid a great beacon blaze, 

And kindle altar fires of sacrifice." 

The memorial decided upon was a building at Scarritt 
College at Nashville, Tenn. The amount set for the women 
of Southern Methodism to raise for this purpose was half 
a million dollars. Each Conference made a pledge. At the 
1923 annual meeting of the Western North Carolina Con- 
ference, $10,000.00 was pledged to be paid in three years. 
This was not as much as some other conferences were 
pledging, but our faith was weak, and we thought that with 
the normal increase in our budget from year to year we 
could not do more. 

The first money came in with the second quarter report 
of 1923 and amounted to $175.60. Suffice it to say that for 
three years every district secretary lent herself untiringly 
to the completion of the fund, and the close of 1925 found 
our full pledge of $10,000.00 had been paid. 

However, another year had been granted to work on 
the memorial fund. A new fire and enthusiasm swept over 
the church. Mrs. W. W. Hagood, of Charlotte, was ap- 
pointed chairman of the memorial committee. Her "Book 
of Remembrance" poster was a thing of beauty and of joy. 
Many societies were trying for the goal of $5.00 per member 
in order to be enrolled in the beautiful "Book of Remem- 


brance" at Nashville. May I pause here to say that the book 
itself was given by our conference through the generosity of 
a member of Centenary Church, Winston-Salem? It is 
with peculiar pride the Western North Carolina Conference 
views this book. 

A splendid bronze tablet was to be placed on the wall 
of the memorial building, having engraved upon it the 
names of those conferences which had paid a quota of 
$5.00 per capita on their 1923 membership when the cam- 
paign began. Should the name of Western North Carolina 
Conference be left off this tablet? Never! Our fighting 
spirit was aroused. An added incentive was given by the 
plan to place on a Roll of Honor the name of any person 
for whom a gift of $100.00 was made. Many took ad- 
vantage of this to enroll the names of loved ones gone be- 
fore, or of those still with us whom they delighted to honor. 
Four conference officers with long terms of service were so 
honored by the Conference itself, namely: 

Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson, President. 

Mrs. Philip N. Peacock, Treasurer. 

Mrs. W. R. Harris, Secretary. 

Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Vice-President. 

With the close of the fourth quarter, 1926, the oppor- 
tunity ended for auxiliaries to be enrolled in the "Book of 
Remembrance." 84 Adult auxiliaries had achieved this 
distinction, and 9 Young People's societies. 64 individuals 
had been placed on Roll of Honor. The Conference went 
on the bronze tablet with a total payment to the memorial 
fund of $28,703.00. It is one of eighteen. How happy we 
are that our name is on the list! The Roll of Honor has 
not been closed, but will be kept open " forever-more" for 
the reception of names. We have added five since the close 
of the campaign. 

In the final count, women of Southern Methodism had 
raised not only the half million first asked for, but an addi- 
tional $139,000.00. The Memorial building has been 
erected and there is no more beautiful place in Nashville. 
Our hearts are thrilled with thanksgiving to God for what 
He has wrought through the efforts of His frail followers. 
"O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" 

Mary Trotter Peacock. 



Woman's Foreign Missionary Society 


Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson . 1890-1912 
Corresponding Secretaries 

Mrs. F. M. Bumpass 1890-1898 

Mrs. L. W. Crawford. .. .1898-1912 
Recording Secretaries 

Mrs. John R. Brooks .... 1890 
Mrs. H. B. Nolley (Sec. pro te 

Miss Terrie Buttrick . . . . 1905- 
Miss Lizzie Perkins ... .1909- 
Miss Irene Boyles (pro tern), 

Mrs. W. S. Stewart 1911- 


Mrs. W. R. Odell 1890- 

Mrs. J. W. Alspaugh. . .1S92- 
Miss Eugenia Bumpass . 1901- 

Mrs. P. X. Peacock 1902- 

Superintendent of Supplie 
Miss Alice Smith 1911- 


Mrs. J. E. Ray 1890 

Mrs. A. E. Pease 1891 

Mrs. "W. H. Leith 1892-1894 

Mrs. N. S. Davis 1S94 

Mrs. N. B. McDowell. .. 1895-1900 

1904 Mrs. M. E. Childs 1900 

m), Mrs. J. E. Ray 1901-1911 

1904 Mrs G. G. Harley 1911 

1909 Superintendents of Juniors 

1910 Miss Amanda V. Lee .... 1890-1894 

1911 Mrs. W. H. Leith 1894-1899 

1912 Mrs. J. H. Weaver 1S99-1909 

Mrs. G. G. Harley 1909-1912 

■1892 Superintendents of Young People 

■ 1901 Miss Xina Dayvault .... 1908-1909 

■ 1902 Mrs. E. A. Cole 1909-1911 

-1912 Mrs. L. H. Martin 1911-1912 



District Secretaries 

Asheville District 

Mrs. J. E. Ray 1890-1900 

Mrs. M. E. Childs 1900-1908 

Mrs. G G. Harley 1908-1910 

Mrs. W. R. Harris 1910-1912 

Franklin District 
Mrs. S. F. Ferguson. .. .1890-1892 

Mrs. Kope Elias 1892-1894 

Mrs. T. E. Wagg 1S96-1898 

Mrs. H. G. West 1898 

Mrs. Kope Elias 1899-1904 

Mrs. Barnard 1904-1905 

Mrs. Kope Elias 1905-1907 

Mrs. (4. G. Harley 1907-1909 

Mrs. W. E. Abernathy. .1909-1911 

Miss Laura M. Jones ... 1911-1912 

Mt. Airy District 

Mrs. T. L. Gwyn 1890-1894 

Mrs. J. R. Paddison 1894-1896 

Mrs. H. M. Blair 1896-1899 

Mrs. H. K. Boyer 1899-1902 

Mrs. Z. Paris 1902-1903 

Mrs. J. J. Renn 1903-1904 

Mrs. H. G. Chatham. ... 1904-1906 

Mrs. J. PL Albright 1906-1911 

Mrs. T. W. Field 1911-1912 

Charlotte District 
Miss Sallie Whisnant 

(Xow Mrs. W. W. Hagood), 


Mrs. W. S. Stewart 1896-1904 

Mrs. W. W. Hagood. .. .1904-1912 







Greensboro District 

L. L. Hendren 1890-1891 

Jno. R. Brooks 1891-1894 

J. H. Weaver 1S94-1899 

R. P. Troy 1899-1902 

Ella Alley 1902-1905 

S. H. Hillard 1905-1907 

Pearl Wyche 1907-1908 

Blanche Carr Stern, 

Salisbury District 

Mittie Lanier 1890-1891 

M. C. Rufty 1892-1893 

J. R. Moose 1896 

J. D. Arnold 1897-189-8 

F. C. Robbins 1S99-1900 

W. C. Houston. .. .1901-1905 

W. R. Harris 1906-1909 

D. A. Beaver 1910-1912 

Shelby District 

H. T. Hudson 1890-1893 

L. J. Hoyle 1896-1897 

B. F. Dixon 1898-1900 

Sallie Xowlin 1901-1906 

L E. Stacey 1907 

B. T. Morris 1908-1911 

Trinity District 

Sallie Thomas 1890 

Wajnesville District 

Terrie Buttrick. . . 1904-1905 

Ada Buttrick 1906-1908 

M. F. Moores 1909-1911 


Winston District Mrs. 

Miss Nora Dodson 18.94-1899 Miss 

Mrs. T. G. Cozart 1900 Mrs. 

Mrs. Frank Martin 1901-1905 Mrs. 

Mrs. J. N. Atwater 1906 Mrs. 

Mrs. Prank Martin 1907-1911 Mrs. 

North Wilkesboro District Mrs. 

Mrs. W. P. Trogdon 1911 Mrs. 

Statesville District Mrs. 

Mrs. W. M. Bobbins 1890-1891 Mrs. 

Mrs. D. Matt Thompson. 1892-1894 

Mrs. Jethro Wilson 1896 Mr. 

Mrs. J. B. Atkinson 1897-1907 Mr. 

Mrs. D. J. Kimball 1908-1911 Mrs. 

Morgantou District Mr. 

Mrs. Frank Wood 1893 

H. P. Bailey 1896 

Mattie Miller 1897 

A. J. Gilkey 189S-1900 

M. L. Shuping 1901 

C. C. Weaver 1902 

John Perkins 1903 

A. C. Reynolds. .. .1904-1905 

Irving- McKay 1906 

W. F. Womble. .. .1907-1910 

M. B. Goodwin 1911 


W. R- Odell 1S90-1891 

J. W. Alspaug-h 1892-1894 

N. S. Davis 1895-1901 

A. L. Smoot 1902-1912 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(After the Union, 1912) 


Mrs. Lucy H. Robertson. 1912-1926 
Mrs. Charles C. Weaver . 1926-1928 


Mrs. W. W. Hagood. .. .1920-1928 

Cor responding Secretaries 

Home Department Foreign Department 

Mrs. James Atkins 1912-1914 Mrs. L. W. Crawford ... 1912-1915 

Mrs. Frank Siler 1914-1915 

Home Department 

Mrs. R. L. Hoke 1912-1915 

Foreign Department 

Mrs. P. N. Peacock 1912-1915 

Corresponding Secretary 

Mrs. H. A. Dunham. .. .1915-1928 


Mrs. P. N. Peacock 1915-1928 

Recording Secretaries 

Mrs. P. T. Durham 1912 

Mrs. T. F. Marr 1913 

Mrs. E. L. Bain 1915 

Mrs. G. W. Whitsett 1916 

Mrs. W. R. Harris 1923 

Superintendents of Young People 

Mrs. L. H. Martin 1912 

Mrs. P. T. Durham 1913 

Mrs. H. K. Boyer 1915 

Mrs. W. R. Harris 1917 

Mrs. C. C. Weaver 1923 

Mrs. Hoke Bulfard 1926 

Superintendents of Mission 
and Bible Study . 

Miss Cora Barp 1912 

Mrs. W. R. Harris 1915 

Mrs. Fred Ingram 1917 


Mrs. R. M. Courtney 1919 

Mrs. M. B. Goodwin 1924 

Superintendents of Juniors 

Mrs. G. G. Harley 1912 

Mrs. Mattie Stewart 1914 

Miss Amy B. Hackney 1916 

Superintendents of Social Service 

Mrs. H. A. Dunham 1912 

Mrs. T. F. Marr 1915 

Mrs. W. A. Newell 1916 

Mrs. Fred L. Siler 1921 

Mrs. Pierce Wyche 1923 

Miss Pearl Weaver 1925 

Mrs. J. Dale Stentz 1927 

Superintendents of Supplies ■ 

Mrs. J. D. Woltz 1912 

Mrs. J. N. Hauss 1915 

Mrs. J. T. Mangum 1924 

Mrs. B. T. Morris 1927 

Distributor of Literature , 

Mrs. W. C. Houston 1912 

Superintendent of Literature 

Mrs. S. H. Isler 1923 

Director Belle Bennett Memorial 
Mrs. W. W. Hagood 1926 


District Secretaries 

A.slieville District 

Mrs. H. A. Dunham ( Home) . 1912 
Mrs. W. R. Harris (Foreign) , 


Mrs. V. L. Stone 1913-1928 

Greensboro District 
Mrs. R. G. Reeves (Home) ... 1912 
Mrs. A. E. Fordham (Foreign), 


Mrs. J. V. Wilson 1917 

Mrs. W. G. Ballard 1921 

Mrs. S. V. Dawson 1925 

>Iorgauton District 

Mrs. M. B. Goodwin 1912 

Morganton District became 

Marion District in 1!>17 

Marion District 

Mrs. M. B. Goodwin 1917 

Mrs. J. F. Jonas 1924 

Salisbury District 
Miss Ida May King (Home). 191 2 
Mrs. D. A. Beaver (Foreign). 

1 9 1 2 

Mrs. C. M. Bobbitt 1913 

Mrs. J. F. Shinn 1916 

Mrs. W. W. Weant 1923 

Mrs. W. C. Houston 1925 

Mrs. Ida Graham 1927 

Mrs. J. N. Dayvault 1928 

Charlotte District 

Mrs. G. G. Ray (Home) 1912 

Mrs. W. W. Hagood (Foreign), 


Miss Daisy Cuthbertson 1915 

Mrs. L. N. Presson 1918 

Mrs. Roy S. Smith 1927-1928 

Franklin District 

Miss Laura M. Jones 1912 

Mt. Airy District 
Miss Viola Cooper (Home).. 1912 
Mrs. T. W. Field ( Foreign) . 191 2 

Mrs. E. J. Mathews 1913 

Mrs. J. L. Woltz 1915 


JVorth Wilkesboro District 

Mrs W. F. Trogdon 1912 

Mrs. W. C. Coffey 1916 

Mrs. W. L. Winkler .1921 

Mrs. W. P. Horton 1924 

Mrs. Arch Horton 1925 

Mrs. Seymour Taylor 1926 

Mrs. J. B. Henderson 1928 

Shelby District 
Mrs. W. M. Morris (Home).. 1912 
Mrs. B. T. Morris (Foreign), 1912 

Mrs. R. E. Ware 1913 

Mrs. B. T. Morris 1915 

Mrs. A. J. Owen 1924 

Waynesville District 
Mrs. M. J. Branner (Home).. 1912 
Mrs. M. F. Moores (Foreign), 


Mrs. A. E. Brown 1913 

Mrs. M. D. Cowan 1915 

Mrs. J. Dale Stentz 1923 

Mis. G. E. Hampton 1927 

Statesville District 
Mrs. M. M. Courtney (Home), 1912 
Mrs. D. J. Kimball (Foreign), 


Mrs. D. J. Kimball 1193 

Mrs. G. A. Warlick 1916 

Mrs. G. M. Foard 1923 

Mrs. A. D. Abernathy 1928 

Winston-Salem District 

Mrs. Duke Hay (Home) 1912 

Mrs. Frank Martin (Foreign), 


Miss Maude Bohannon 1913 

Miss Sallie Nading 1914 

Mrs. R. M. Courtney 1915 

Mrs. J. K. Norfleet 1916 

Mrs. T. B. Apperson 1918 

Mrs. D. L. Simpson 1921 

Mrs. H. E. Smith 1927 

Mrs. M. E. Watkins 1928 


1890 lamiary, 1928 

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Woman* s Board of Foreign Missions 

Meetings of special interest to our Conference were the 
two meetings of the Woman's Board of Foreign Missions 
which were held in Greensboro in 1898 and in Asheville in 

Let us quote from the "History of Woman's Foreign 
Missionary Society," by Mrs. F. A. Butler, who was present 
at these meetings. 

"When the members of the Woman's Board assembled 
in Greensboro for the first time on the sod of the Old North 
State to hold the twentieth annual meeting they were buoy- 
ant with hope and felt that a new era of financial prosperity 
had dawned in response to urgent praver. There was no 
compromise with faith nor with any of the promises of God, 
for every one knew that 'Faith without works is dead.' 

"Strenuous work had crowned the efforts of the women 
and girded them with gladness. The Corresponding Secre- 
tary, Mrs. S. C. Trueheart, said: 'While twenty years of 
foreign missionary work have given a more commanding 
faith, broader views and higher hopes in the prosecution 
of the work at home, at the same time the tremendous forces 
of heathendom are more fully realized.' 

"Concerning the foreign work she said: 'For twenty 
years the Woman's Board has been at work seeking to carry 
out God's will concerning the nations of the earth. Though 
marked by no startling achievements during these years, 
there has been steady progress, creditable development; and 
today flourishing missions in China, Mexico and Brazil are 
maintained.' She might have added the Indian Mission 
work as this work among the wild tribes is equally suc- 

This meeting was presided over by Mrs. M. B. Wight- 
man, of Soudi Carolina, and Mrs. T. B. Hargrove was 
Recording Secretary. Vice-Presidents at that time were 
Miss Maria L. Gibson, Mrs. A. W. Wilson and Mrs. H. N. 
McTyeire was Treasurer. 

Thirty-four Conferences were represented by their 
secretaries and the reports of our missionary work in both 
home and foreign fields was most encouraging. 



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An occasion of interest to our Conference was the 
beautiful Memorial service held during the meeting, honor- 
ing the memory of two Corresponding Secretaries who had 
passed away during the year, Mrs. F. M. Bumpass, of 
Western North Carolina Conference, and Mrs. Morgan 
Calloway, of the North Georgia Conference. 

Beautiful tributes to each of these faithful workers 
were given, those to "Aunt Bumpass" being given by Mrs. 
Lucy H. Robertson, Mrs. F. D. Swindell and Dr. and Mrs. 
Jesse Cunninggim, who spoke of the beauty and holiness 
that was exhibited in the life of this saintly woman. 


The year 1901 marked the twenty-third annual meet- 
ing of the Woman's Foreign Mission Board, which was 
held in Central Church, Asheville, N. C. Again we quote 
Mrs. F. A. Butler, "This meeting will long be remembered 
as one set apart in the annals of the Board. 

"One of the most interesting things that can occur at 
such a time is the return of the missionaries, whose enduring 
faithfulness through many years has endeared them to the 
people; and another is the acceptance and appointment of 
those who are venturing on this untried experience and yet 
are full of hope and enthusiasm." 

Dr. Young J. Allen's presence at this meeting was an 
inspiration. He was in Atlanta, Ga., when the Board was 
organized and had kept in close touch with its progress in 
all the intervening years. Seven returned missionaries were 
present and gave vivid glimpses of the people among whom 
they had lived and of the work in which they had been 
engaged. Twelve young women were presented to the 
Board for appointment to foreign fields, and Mrs. Bishop 
Wilson^ who with her husband had spent the preceding year 
in China, Korea and Japan, brought interesting reports 
from the nations visited. This meeting was also presided 
over by Mrs. M. D. Wightman, and Mrs. S. C. Trueheart 
was still Corresponding Secretary.